Yesterday there was news that a good portion of fat people might actually be healthy after all. Who’d a thunk it? Well, we thunk it and have said so for years.
That doesn’t mean that getting to healthier weights for many of us isn’t a great idea, there’s plenty of evidence for that – but putting all overfat people into one big bucket of paranoia doesn’t do anyone any good. And having a healthy approach to life is always going to put you in good stead.
Just because you’re not at your healthiest weight at the moment does not mean you’re automatically predisposed to diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer, or heart disease. However, we do know, that most Type II Diabetics who are overweight and lose weight generally improve most factors that affect vascular disease. That includes blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.
Some interesting research just published int he August 12th Journal of Diabetes Care, showed that there are real long term benefits for diabetics if they are lose significant weight and believe it or not – even gain it back.
“If you lose weight after diagnosis, you can achieve some long-term benefits in terms of blood pressure and glycemic control that extend even beyond the point at which you regain weight,” said Gregory A. Nichols, co-author of new research published online Aug. 12 in the journalDiabetes Care.
Added Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City: “We haven’t had results like this before. This is telling us that with a significant mean weight loss of 10.7 kilograms [23.5 pounds] in 18 months, there’s an improvement despite weight regain after 36 months.”
We’ve heard for years that it’s not healthy to gain, lose and regain weight. That maybe it’s better to stay at a higher weight as opposed to yo-yoing back and forth. Maybe that isn’t really true. This is good news for most of us, because we it is still challenging to keep lost weight off – but do we want to quit trying?
A friendly reminder, Green Mountain at Fox Run is conducting their 7th annual LIVING WELL Women’s Program for Mastering Diabetes Through Lifestyle Change: A Type 2 Diabetes Program. Program dates are September 14th – September 20th. For more information, call 800.448.8106.